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Costa Rica plays in Jamaica one of its last chances towards Qatar 2022

Costa Rica dreams of Qatar 2022, especially after “stealing” a point from the Azteca Stadium.

Photo: Rodrigo Arangua / AFP / Getty Images

The Costa Rican national team will be played this Wednesday in Jamaica one of his last chances to stay in the fight to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup or, at least, get the right to a repechage.

The match, which will be played at the Kingston National Stadium at 7:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT on Thursday), presents a Costa Rica forced to win to continue aspiring to the first places a Jamaica that if it loses or draws will no longer be able to attend the World Cup.

After 10 games played out of the 14 of the octagonal Concacaf qualifier, Canada is the leader with 22 units, followed by the United States (18) and Mexico (18), which are currently obtaining the three direct tickets in the region.

Panama is fourth with 17 points, in the repechage zone, while Costa Rica chases him with 13, El Salvador with 9, Jamaica with 7 and Honduras, already eliminated, with 3.

Costa Rica’s objective is to win and close the gap, either with Mexico or with Panama, or with both, who face each other this Wednesday at the Azteca Stadium.

This point will be valuable as soon as we win in Jamaica“, recognized the coach of Costa Rica, the Colombian Luis Fernando Suárez, after the tie that Costa Rica achieved on Sunday during his visit to Mexico.

A draw or loss in Jamaica will greatly diminish Costa Rica’s chances with three games remaining in the tie.

In this three-match knockout window, Costa Rica already defeated Panama last week and tied with Mexico, so if he beats Jamaica this Wednesday he will have obtained 7 points that can put him squarely in the fight to qualify for the World Cup.

The Ticos add 235 minutes without conceding with Keylor Navas under the sticks, but the great debt of the Central American team continues to be the little hit in attack, where Joel Campbell looks very lonely.

The Central American team has only received 7 goals in the tie, but has scored the same amount. A victory for Jamaica will allow them to continue with mathematical hopes of at least fighting for the playoffs.

Jamaica-Costa Rica: probable alignments

Jamaica: Andre Blake; Adrian Mariapa, Javain Brownl, Ethan Pinnock, Kemar Lawrence; Daniel Johnson, Devon Williams, Lamar Walker; Corey Burke, Michail Antonio y Andre Gray.

Coach: Paul Hall.

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Keysher Fuller, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Ronald Matarrita; Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Yeltsin Tejeda; Joel Campbell, Alonso Martinez and Jose Ortiz.

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez.
Referee: The Mexican Marco Antonio Ortiz.
Stadium: Kingston National.
Time: 19:00 local (00:00 GMT on Thursday).

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